Conferences and Professional Development
Connected Learning Summit, Irvine CA
CLA Conference, Pasadena, CA
East Bay Mini Maker Faire
CA STEAM Symposium Dec 9-10, Anaheim
DTLA Mini Maker Faire Dec 7, DTLA Library
MakerEd: Approaches to Maker Education, Jan 30-Feb 1, Berkeley
PLA Nashville, TN Feb 25-29, Nashville
California Conference on Library Instruction
www.cclibinstruction.org/ University of San Francisco May 29, 2020 (geared toward academic libraries)
NOMCON (Nation of Makers) Eugene, OR June 5-7
theme: sustainabilty of makerspaces
MIRA Conference (Makerspaces for Innovation and Research in Academics), LaVerne, CA July 15-16, 2020 Proposals due Jan 31, 2020
Connected Learning Summit, July 29-31, 2020
Cambridge, MA Proposals due Jan 30
INFY MAKER AWARDS
We are excited to announce that the application for Infy Maker Awards 2020 is now open! Infy Maker Awards is open to K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations who aim to create more opportunities for students to engage in hands-on, interdisciplinary learning through making. Ten organizations will each receive a $10,000 grant. Winners may also receive Maker professional development for two staff members during the Pathfinders Summer Institute in 2020. The grant can be used for a variety of purposes including: materials and equipment, structural improvements, additional professional development, projects for students, impact and assessment research or community outreach and engagement.
To apply and for more information, visit infymakers.com. You may also preview the application questions here. The deadline to apply is February 24, 2020 at 5 p.m. PT.
Please consider applying and sharing this information with other organizations in your network that you think would be a great fit for this opportunity. Below are a few sample messages that you can use to get the word out on social media!
You could win $10K for maker education! If you're a K-12 school, library, college, museum, non-profit org or makerspace, apply for an Infy Maker Award thru Feb. 24th. Visit www.infymakers.com #InfyMakers #WhyIMake #makered
Calling orgs engaging students in making! Apply for a $10K grant through Infy Maker Awards. 1) Answer a few short questions about your project 2) Submit a 90 second video 3) Provide a support letter. www.infymakers.com #InfyMakers #WhyIMake #makered
Grants and Funding
The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant will provide $2,000 for a school, public, academic, tribal or special library to expand its community engagement efforts. Libraries are invited to apply by designing and outlining activities for a library-led community engagement project.
Project activities to be covered by the grant may include developing community engagement programs and services; partnering with a community agency that builds the capacity of the community to address an important concern/issue; or creating a program or event that connects the library to a community-identified aspiration or concern.
Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with community members ¬— be they library users, residents, faculty, students or local organizations — to address issues for the betterment of the community.
Applications will be accepted between Dec. 2, 2019, and Feb. 3, 2020. View the full award guidelines and apply online at www.ala.org/LTCEG.
Grant Opportunities Now Open (please share widely)
SHARED VISION AND BRINGING THE LIBRARY TO YOU
The 2019-20 California state budget contains $8 million for the State Library to provide grants to local public library jurisdictions to implement early learning and out-of-school-time programs, and to support mobile library solutions. These new grant programs are intended to increase Californians’ access to health, educational, workforce and other services, while also increasing the mobility and accessibility of public libraries.
The grant application period opens now and closes April 1, 2020. Notification of awards will be in spring 2020. (Please note: if you received an earlier version of the grant FAQs, dates have been updated.) Funding must be spent over a period no shorter than 12 months, ending no later than March 31, 2022. (This means you potentially have 21 months to spend project funds.)
Libraries are asked to complete a brief survey indicating interest by February 11, 2020. This non-binding, informal statement does not commit your library to apply for the grant, but you will not receive grant funding without completing the survey. The results will be used to help the State Library support libraries through training and advice. Please read below about upcoming trainings.
More about the opportunities:
Shared Vision Community Partnership Grants for Early Learning and Out-of-School Time Programs - $5 Million
Early Learning grants (approximately $3 million) will aim to connect children, youth, families and caregivers with the services they need to thrive, by building or enhancing early learning hubs and wraparound services. By further integrating the work of libraries and other community service providers, these grants will help ensure that Californians will be connected to the resources they need where and when they need them. As trusted, stigma-free community hubs, libraries offer a unique setting to strengthen at-risk families, promote wellness and deliver a range of important early learning opportunities.
Out-of-School Time (approximately $2 million) will focus on supporting and expanding the critical role libraries play for children and teens during the 60 percent of their lives they aren’t in school. Funded projects will focus on programs designed to improve and support the social-emotional development of school-aged children, and/or the workplace preparedness of teens, during out-of-school times (after school, weekends, and summer). Projects must also include a component where youth have a leadership voice in designing and implementing activities.
Bringing the Library to You: Mobile Library Solutions Grants - $3 Million
Bringing the Library to You grants will help libraries implement new ways to bring literacy, technology and other services to those who face challenges visiting their local library. When Californians lack transportation, live far from their library, or work long hours, mobile library solutions make it possible to access library services and programs. Mobile library options include, but are not limited to: bookmobiles, community service vehicles (all types, including vans, bikes, or whatever takes your library system out into the community), pop-ups, and technology-based solutions. There is a required programming component. (If your library would like to apply to participate in a pilot of Bibliotheca’s Open+ project, that application counts as a mobile library solutions grant. The Open+ grant process will be run separately, so do not use the current application to apply for Open+.)
Please visit the project page for more information and application documents and read the Project Information and FAQs page carefully. Library Programs Consultant Bev Schwartzberg can also answer questions. We’ll be announcing a Q-and-A call soon.
Training: The State Library will offer free webinars and trainings during the grant application period to assist libraries with the requirements and content for proposals.
The first trainings will be:
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 11am: Building Effective and Innovative Partnerships. This LibraryWorks webinar with Michele Stricker of the NJ State Library presents some basics of library partnerships on a statewide and national level. The State Library will cover the cost of participating if you preregister no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 10 am: Opportunities for Implementing Social and Emotional Learning in Libraries. Register for an Infopeople basic training on social-emotional learning, taught by Jennifer Brady and Jimena Quiroga Hopkins of Development Without Limits. The webinar will support applicants in the Shared Vision early learning and out-of-school time grant programs. This webinar will be archived for later viewing.
Additional trainings will be announced soon.
Training for libraries will continue throughout the application and grant award periods; awardees will be required to participate in relevant training and networking opportunities.
Matching: The State Library is requiring a match for these grants, which may be cash or in-kind, or a combination of both. The match will be based on your library’s local income per capita level, or LIPC, which is derived from public library survey data. For libraries in LIPC Level 1, a 20% match will be required. For LIPC Level 2, a 25% match will be required. For LIPC Level 3, a 30% match will be required. See more details at the Project Information page.
Evaluation: All libraries receiving a grant will be required to participate in a shared evaluation strategy designed for each initiative. Libraries will also be asked whether they wish to join in collaboration (training, networking, resource sharing) with other libraries undertaking similar projects.